No, I won't be wrapping up all of the vegan things to do/see/eat in Manhattan in one post today.
Rather, I'd like to counterbalance the healthy vibe I gave off with yesterday's FarMar post with the quintessential New York cocktail, the Manhattan.
According to Wikipedia, the Manhattan was first concocted in the Manhattan Club in the 1870s. Apparently, each of the five boroughs that comprise New York City has its own cocktail (I just had to count - "Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten - from the Battery to the top of Manhattan") and while I represent Queens and live out in Brooklyn (whattup LL), the Manhattan drink is the best known. A "Brooklyn" is pretty similar, the "Bronx" and "Queens" sound too sweet for me, and, well, we don't talk about Staten Island...
So, I don't have fancy glasses or anything but it all tastes the same. A Manhattan is simply rye whiskey (Canadian whiskey these days), sweet vermouth, and agnostura bitters. It is also typically garnished with a maraschino cherry but I don't deal with those things. To be honest, I didn't like the drink all that much. Sugary drinks make me shudder and sweet vermouth is indeed sweet enough even without the cherry.
The best part of the drinking of this Manhattan was the wobbly climb up a steep ladder to my roof, enjoying the cool fall happy hour solo, being warmed by the drink, and the even more wobbly (and slightly tipsy) climb back down.
Manhattan, from Brooklyn, I cheers in yr general direction.
The rest of the whiskey will go towards whiskey sodas. The vermouth will probably sit on the kitchen counter forever. Oh! And! Be vigilant, all ye vegan lushes - apparently Quady Winery makes the ONLY vegan vermouth. Barnivore is important!